I am an Emmy-winning producer, director, and showrunner of non-fiction television series, documentaries, and digital content, as well as a vastly experienced storyteller working across multiple media, encompassing print, video, online and mobile.
Over the course of my career, I have created high-quality content for a diverse range of brands and outlets including Discovery, Animal Planet, National Geographic, TLC, ABC, Scripps Networks, Sony Pictures, PBS, BBC, HBO, MTV, Conde Nast, New York Times Television, Microsoft and more.
The common thread is my love of a true story, driven by my insatiable curiosity to explore authentic topics, characters and situations most people don't get to be a part of. Finding and telling a story is what makes my adrenaline flow.
Over the years, my work has taken me to the slums of the Philippines and the resorts of the Caribbean, to the red carpet of the Academy Awards and the streets of Compton. I have interviewed rocket scientists, brain surgeons, cops, criminals, movie stars, and musicians, as well as countless ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I have filmed inside the FBI's bomb lab and BMW's top secret design studio; on construction sites and private yachts; in prisons, in the homes of the rich and famous. And in the cargo hold of a US Air Force C17 with an African elephant flying out of Alaska! But whatever the outlandish assignment, and despite the inevitable challenges, I still can't believe I actually get paid to do this.
As a kid, growing up in south-east London, I wanted to be a journalist because it would give me an excuse to ask awkward and probing questions of just about anyone. But fresh out of university, I shunned the traditional career path to Fleet Street, reporting on jumble sales and stolen hubcaps at a provincial tabloid. Instead, I took the riskier route of a freelance career writing about music and the exploding London club scene. I landed a column for my local newspaper, the South London Press, then started writing features for big national newspapers and prestigious international magazines. A few years later, I landed in Los Angeles, as the West Coast correspondent for Arena magazine, broadening my range by covering Hollywood, technology, crime and pop culture, as well as music—and amassing a plethora of bizarre and fascinating life experiences.
The transition to television came via an opportunity with a groundbreaking company owned by the New York Times. Along with print and radio reporters from around the world, I was trained as a one-person, video-journalist; to produce, shoot, write and edit news packages and short films. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn, hands-on, every step involved in telling stories with pictures—and helped me kick start my successful, award-winning career in television.
I moved into making long-form content, first in the edit bay, shaping shows and writing scripts, then producing and directing for Discovery Channel, TLC and many other cable and broadcast networks. My cross-disciplinary experience underlines my conviction that all successful projects require deep, honest and respectful collaboration, or they are doomed from the start. As a Co-EP and showrunner, I have built dedicated teams, managed difficult talent, hit deadlines and run multimillion-dollar budgets, in addition to being instrumental creatively in what ends up on the screen. The LA Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored my work on a series of films about Children's Hospital Los Angeles with an Emmy for Best Public Affairs series. Recently, I co-produced a feature documentary for Emmy-winning, Oscar-nominated director, Rory Kennedy, and co-developed and sold an unscripted series to Scripps Networks.
At various points in my career, I also consulted for many high profile new media companies as they transitioned into the world of video, making some of the first non-linear, online documentaries, building a production team from scratch for an emerging mobile company and doing the same at Sony Pictures for its push into interactive television. Regardless of the topic, project or platform which I am working on, I approach every challenge with the same attention to detail, thirst for knowledge and a passion for the unexpected.